Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion rejects justice targets for indigenous people

Michael Gordon Report finds progress in some areas, including life expectancy, home ownership, year-12 completion and infant survival rates, but alarming increases in incarceration, self-harm and psychological...

Landmark report reveals scale of indigenous disadvantage

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Michael Gordon Levels of self-harm and incarceration for indigenous Australians have increased at alarming levels despite the efforts of both sides of politics to 'close the gap', the most comprehensive report on...

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Indigenous disadvantage report is a wake-up call for Australia

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Michael Gordon This latest report into indigenous disadvantage should come as a sobering reality check.

Everyone's a winner in Xi Jinping's 'virtuous cycle'

Michael Gordon China's President Xi Jinping has used his address to the Australian Parliament to send an emphatic message to this country and the wider world: trust us, and everyone's a winner.

US-China climate deal puts pressure on Tony Abbott

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Michael Gordon China and the US agreement highlights PM's inaction on global warming.

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PNG offers 10 asylum seekers refugee status

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Michael Gordon The 10 will be invited to apply for a visa that will initially extend for 12 months.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young vows to 'lift lid' on Cambodia refugee resettlement deal

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young will visit Cambodia to investigate Australia's deal to resettle refugees in the impoverished South-East Asian nation.

Michael Gordon Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has vowed to get to the bottom of Australia's deal to resettle in Cambodia those found to be refugees on Nauru during a visit to the South-East Asian nation next...

More men than women approve of Abbott as Prime Minster

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has recovered the ground he lost in the ratings after the widely unpopular first budget, a national poll shows.

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Sexual abuse, rape threats alleged by Nauru asylum seekers

A female asylum seeker in Nauru has made allegations of sexual abuse of women and children by guards working in the detention centre.

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon Asylum seekers have detailed allegations of sexual abuse and threats of rape by guards working in the detention centre on Nauru, as protests and acts of self-harm continue over the decision to offer...

Gillard and the question of gender

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Michael Gordon Julia Gillard says gender helps to explain why her experience as Prime Minister was so different from those who went before her.

Gillard accuses Rudd of sabotage, offers regret on Beazley

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Michael Gordon Julia Gillard has directly accused Kevin Rudd of sabotage and blackmail, but expressed anguish over her own role in toppling Kim Beazley.

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Tony Abbott's eyes and ears opened to indigenous priorities

Facing a unique challenge: Prime Minister Tony Abott.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott's engagement with intoxicated adults and kids out late in Arnhem Land was short on fanfare and big on intention.

Yunupingu scion ready to fulfil indigenous legacy

Michael Gordon As Gapirri Yunupingu-Collins sat at the bedside of his gravely-ill and famous father, Galarrwuy, at a Darwin hospital earlier this year, the idea began to take hold. It was time to come home.

Prime Minister refuses to back Noel Pearson's plan

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with Noel Pearson, Chairman of the Cape York Group, during his visit to North East Arnhem Land.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has declined to endorse Noel Pearson's new direction on recognition of indigenous Australians as Aboriginal leaders express alarm that the move could fracture indigenous consensus on the...

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Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten meet in private to nut out indigenous constitution question

Bipartisan agreement: Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Labor Party leader Bill Shorten have agreed to work together on the indigenous constitution question.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten have met privately and resolved to work together to maximise the prospects of the referendum recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution.

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Tony Abbott leaves East Arnhem Land early to farewell troops

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Michael Gordon and David Wroe Tony Abbott is set to interrupt his week-long stay in remote East Arnhem Land to farewell air force personnel headed for combat operations in Iraq on Thursday.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott directs Iraqi deployment from indigenous community in Arnhem Land

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Michael Gordon It isn't hard to tell the Prime Minister's tent from all the others in the sea of khaki amid the stringybarks that is the centre of a government on a footing of war.

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Referendum on indigenous Australians should be conservative: PM

Down to earth: Prime Minister Tony Abbott assists with a tree planting in north-east Arnhem Land on Monday.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has signalled his conviction that a referendum recognising indigenous Australians is more likely to succeed if it is "spiritually ambitious" but legally conservative.

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Tony Abbott's attention may be a little divided during his week in Arnhem Land

Tony Abbott during a welcome to country ceremony in Yirrkala, Arnhem Land.

Michael Gordon Even before Tony Abbott announced that about 600 air and military personnel would prepare to join the fight against "the death cult that exalts in evil", this was going to be a week like no other for...

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Morrison says High Court loss won't affect mandatory detention of refugees

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Michael Gordon and Conrad Walters Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has rejected claims that his latest High Court defeat could have implications for thousands of asylum seekers in immigration detention.